Veterinary Assistant



acecolorhermemail2 years – 6 credits – Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Hermitage 

State Course Title: Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant I is an introductory course designed to teach basic skills in animal care and explore animal-related careers. This class introduces basic skills and instruction in animal behavior, breeds and species, basic animal anatomy, restraint and handling, feeding/nutrition, animal grooming, facility maintenance and cleaning, and workplace readiness. Applicants should have a genuine concern for the care and well-being of animals. Previous or current experience in working with animals is preferred. Students must have the aptitude to deal with some of the less pleasant tasks involved in working with animals. Good people skills along with a positive attitude are necessary in dealing with owners and their cherished pets.

Veterinary Assistant II is a second year course that involves more in-depth instruction and study, focusing on the skills and information needed to pursue a professional degree in the veterinary field. Students will take a certification test during the second year. With approval and recommendation of the teacher, students may spend time in actual on-the-job experiences during the second semester. In-depth instruction focuses on anatomy and physiology, veterinary medical terminology, diseases; prevention and treatments, administering medication, large animal and exotic breeds, surgical prep, laboratory work, medical math and pharmacology.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Pettit says:

    I was wondering when your classes start for vet assistant?


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      The Vet Assistance program is for high school students and begin when students return in September.


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